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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

Commercial Litigation Strategy: Lessons from BoJo vs Bercow and the Scottish Courts

There’s a well-known military saying about battle plans: “no plan survives contact with the enemy”. I prefer Mike Tyson’s glorious re-imagining of it for the boxing ring: “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”. As I tweeted recently, Boris Johnson is discovering that this remains as true as it ever was. And from the outside it seems that he’s getting punched in the face a lot.

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Liability insurance is a significant cost for employers – is it going to get any cheaper?

Liability insurance is a significant, but necessary, cost for businesses. While insurance companies have their own complex ways of calculating premiums for a particular business, it is undoubtedly the case that your premium is affected by both the cost of claims in general and how much of a risk your business presents.

Cost of claims

Let’s focus on personal injury claims. The main spend for insurers defending personal injury claims are the level of damages paid to a claimant and the costs paid to his or her lawyer.

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A bump in the road for home owners in Scotland?

Picture the scene: you’ve been living in your newly built home for six months when a pothole appears on your brand new road. You contact your council only to be told that your road isn’t on the list of public roads, so you and your lovely new neighbours are responsible for all repair and maintenance of the road and the costs that go with it.

What seems like an unusual scenario is actually more common than you think.

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